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Shriners - A Charitable Organization in the US which sponsors operations:

A parent writes:

"I know a family locally whose son is having his bilateral cleft lip and palate repaired by Shriners in Portland Oregon. I also know that one Shriners group may not know about another. I have heard Shriners tell me and others that they do NOT deal with cleft, but that is incorrect. You just have to find the right office."


There is a Shriner's children's medical center in Atlanta, Georgia.  They also have a center for craniofacial disorders. They specialize in clefts.

>In our area, East TN, they go to Chicago for cleft, Greeneville, SC, for
>orthopedic work & Cincinnati, OH for burns.

NOTE: For those in the United States:

Shriner's home page:

They have lots of interesting information plus a list of hospitals.

     If you know of a child Shriners Hospitals might be able to help,
     please call one of our toll-free patient referral lines
     between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time.
     In the United States: 1-800-237-5055. In Canada: 1-800-361-7256

Another parent writes:

I wanted to add my little bit of experience with "Shriners." Here in Cheyenne, WY, the Shriners are the "Masonic Lodge" and they operate a Childhood Language Clinic staffed by speech pathologists, therapists and interns all providing speech services to any child free of charge.  Cory's been seen in the clinic for about a year and a half now. The Shriners fund the clinic, provide for all its needs and throw a tremendous picnic in the summer and Xmas party in the winter for all the clinic kids.  The parties come complete w/the clowns the Shriners are famous for!!  I am very pleased thus far with the therapy sessions as Cory improves every day. In addition, I know the Shriners pay for orthopedic and other surgeries children need.  I was deeply moved when they offered to pay for Cory's bone graft surgery (upcoming) and any and all orthodontic work he may need if military insurance won't come through.  We haven't had to take them up on their offer yet, but it sure was nice to have them make it.

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